1. Lionel Richie, Commodores Reunite At Essence Fest

    July 06, 2009 4:07 PM EDT Lionel Richie got a little help from his former bandmates to close out the weekend's Essence Music Festival: Members of The Commodores joined him on stage to sing several of their hits, including "Brick House" and "Just to be Close to You." The crowd remained on their…

  2. Lionel Richie, Commodores Reunite At Essence Fest

    July 06, 2009 9:36 AM EDT Lionel Richie got a little help from his former bandmates to close out the weekend's Essence Music Festival: Members of The Commodores joined him on stage to sing several of their hits, including "Brick House" and "Just to be Close to You." The crowd remained on their…

  3. Raekwon Announces 'Linx 2' Date, Says Budden 'Copied' Method Man

    May 19, 2009 8:25 AM EDT As first reported on Billboard.com last month , rapper Raekwon signed with EMI for his ICE H20 label, which will distribute his highly-anticipated "Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II" album. Now, that set finally has a street date of August 11. "I'm really joyous with the…

  4. April 10, 2009

    April 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Jazz singer Dakota Staton dies in New York at the age of 76. 2003 – Singer Little Eva dies of cancer at Lenoir Memorial Hospital in Kinston, N.C., at the age of 59. 1998 – Radio personality Eddie O’Jay dies at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx, N.Y. following complications from two heart…

  5. Basement Jaxx, Tiësto Top Creamfields Lineup

    April 06, 2009 9:31 AM EDT Basement Jaxx, Tiësto, Paul Van Dyk and Dizzee Rascal have been confirmed as the headline acts for the 2009 U.K. Creamfields Festival. The two-day event will be held at Daresbury, Cheshire on Aug. 29 to 30. Other live acts confirmed to appear at the long-running dance event, which celebrated…

  6. 50 Cent, Ludacris, Method Man and Redman: Billboard Bits

    March 24, 2009 5:51 PM EDT Cent: No 'Expendable' Film, Las Vegas Video Shoot, Fall Out Boy Tour Last week, it was announced Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson had been tapped to replace Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker in Sylvester Stallone's "The Expendables." But today, 50 Cent's…

  7. Last.fm Denies Handing U2 Leak Listeners To RIAA

    February 23, 2009 6:18 PM EST Last.fm founder Richard Jones responded forcefully today (Feb. 23) to accusations that the company had given user data to the RIAA in order to track illegal downloads of U2's upcoming album, "No Line On the Horizon." Jones’ refutation follows a similar denial made by the RIAA…

  8. This Day in Music

    October 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Pianist, composer, musical director and arranger Gerald Cook, who performed in night clubs and with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, dies is Chicago at the age of 85. 2006 - Pianist, composer, musical director and arranger Gerald Cook, who performed in night clubs and with the Illinois…

  9. This Day in Music

    September 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Aftermath/Interscope artist 50 Cent dominates the Music of Black Origins (MOBO) Awards in London. The rapper is on hand to collect awards for best hip-hop artist, album ("Get Rich or Die Tryin' 2003 - Aftermath/Interscope artist 50 Cent dominates the Music of Black Origins …

  10. This Day in Music

    April 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Carrie Underwood is the top winner at the CMT Music Awards, landing two of the three awards for which she is nominated. Meanwhile, Keith Urban takes home the evening's top prize, video of the y 2006 - Carrie Underwood is the top winner at the CMT Music Awards, landing two of the…

  11. This Day in Music

    October 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Pianist, composer, musical director and arranger Gerald Cook, who performed in night clubs and with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, dies is Chicago at the age of 85. 2006 - Pianist, composer, musical director and arranger Gerald Cook, who performed in night clubs and with the Illinois…

  12. Kid Rock Celebrates New Album At Detroit Show

    October 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Kid Rock launched his "Rock'N'Roll Jesus" campaign last night (Oct. 4) with a last-minute hometown show at the Emerald Theatre in the Detroit suburb of Mt. Clemens. The 20-song, 130-minute concert -- Kid Rock launched his "Rock'N'Roll Jesus" campaign…

  13. This Day in Music

    September 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Aftermath/Interscope artist 50 Cent dominates the Music of Black Origins (MOBO) Awards in London. The rapper is on hand to collect awards for best hip-hop artist, album ("Get Rich or Die Tryin' 2003 - Aftermath/Interscope artist 50 Cent dominates the Music of Black Origins …

  14. Let's Get 'Real'

    July 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Keith Murray's ready to make up for lost time. Keith Murray's ready to make up for lost time. The veteran New York rapper and Def Squad member -- who releases his fifth solo album, "Rapp-Murr-Phobia (Fear of Real Hip Hop), this week -- has been off the boards since his 2003…

  15. Murray Makes Up For Lost Time With Solo CD, Def Squad

    July 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Keith Murray's ready to make up for lost time. Keith Murray's ready to make up for lost time. The veteran New York rapper and Def Squad member -- who releases his fifth solo album, "Rapp-Murr-Phobia (Fear of Real Hip Hop), on July 31 -- has been off the boards since his 2003…

  16. This Day in Music

    April 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Carrie Underwood is the top winner at the CMT Music Awards, landing two of the three awards for which she is nominated. Meanwhile, Keith Urban takes home the evening's top prize, video of the y 2006 - Carrie Underwood is the top winner at the CMT Music Awards, landing two of the…

  17. Oft-Delayed Redman Album Finally Due Next Month

    February 22, 2007 12:00 AM EST Redman's oft-delayed new album, "Red Gone Wild," will finally be released March 27 via Def Jam. Redman's oft-delayed new album, "Red Gone Wild," will finally be released March 27 via Def Jam. First single "Put It Down" was produced by Timbaland and is…

  18. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    February 04, 2007 12:00 AM EST Fall Out Boy storms back with a new album and one of the hottest singles in recent memory, Bloc Party aims for mainstream crossover on its second album and Jason Michael Carroll scores with country li A new album from Yoko Ono, "Yes, I'm a Witch" (Astralwerks), featuring…

  19. The Cure, Tiesto Set For Miami's Ultra Festival

    December 21, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Cure, Tiesto, Deep Dish, Shiny Toy Guns and Miss Kittin will perform during the first night of the Ultra Music Festival on March 23 at Miami's Bicentennial Park. The Cure, Tiesto, Deep Dish, Shiny Toy Guns and Miss Kittin will perform during the first night of the Ultra Music…

  20. Rickie Lee Jones Inks With New West, Preps CD

    November 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST Veteran vocalist Rickie Lee Jones has signed with New West Records, which will release her next album, "The Sermon on Exposition Boulevard," on Feb. 6. Veteran vocalist Rickie Lee Jones has signed with New West Records, which will release her next album, "The Sermon on…

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